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To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement Hardcover – March 3, 2009
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However, this is not the definitive history of the modern phase of the movement. That remains to be written. It is an excellent introduction to such a history, outlining the main elements that deserve further examination. It is an invitation to historians to join him in exploring this part of our history and bringing out the issues that have driven it.
Churchill was one of the debunkers of Michael Bellesiles' anti-firearms twisting of history with fabricated "facts", Arming America, which has been overwhelmingly discredited.
The constitutional militias actively root out any infiltration by Neo Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups, and maintain an overt nondiscrimination policy of membership. The ideals of the constitutional militia members are best reflected by the writings of one of their most influential leaders, Mike Vanderboegh, who is well studied in American History, ethics and legitimate defense of liberty. Mike maintains a blogspot called Sipsey Street Irregulars where he keeps his readers informed of current events and commentary, with an emphasis on current threats to liberty. Mike best describes the militia's view of itself as "sheep dogs;" non-threatening, but willing to protect itself and the flock, self-sufficient and independent, aspiring to the highest ideals of early Americanism.
Professor Churchill also examines the collectivist, extreme left, Neo-Nazi-hate-group type militias, and found that they are actually quite few in number and fizzle out quickly. Nevertheless, these are the types that the Southern Poverty Law Center wants to project as the mainstream of the militia movement, a view that is propagated by the mainstream media, the Department of Homeland Security, and other militarized segments of law enforcement, and is utterly false.Read more ›
It is not an "easy read" and is not intended for someone looking for light reading from a superficial perspective. However, if the reader's interest is in really understanding the subject from a truly researched effort, then this is the book for that reader. Were I teaching current history rather than Systems Engineering, this would be required reading.
C. Thompson Pardoe
Johns Hopkins University
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This could have been another polemic, but it's not. Well researched and insightful is a hackneyed phrase, but it fits this book.Published 18 months ago by Machinery's Handbook
The first part of the book was a little boring and I almost quit reading it. Glad I didn't as the author does great service to righting a lot of the historical "wrongs" that we all... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by MMYoung